The Netherlands Just Embarrassed Spain On International Television

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make a statement.

1. This afternoon soccer fans were gifted with a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final: Spain vs. Netherlands. What actually happened was a murder. The Dutch killed the defending champions and strolled to an easy 5-1 victory in their 2014 World Cup debut.

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2. After falling to an early deficit, the Dutch responded with one of the most beautiful goals in World Cup history when Robin van Persie made a diving header from the 18-yard box.

3. After that, it was all Oranje. And after three straight goals, the play-by-play announcer even proclaimed “Spain’s embarrassment is complete.” Less than 10 minutes later, Netherlands scored again.

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4. It was a massive statement by the Netherlands and the worst loss by a defending champ in World Cup history.

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